Speyer Travel Guide

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Speyer Highlights

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     Stunning cathedral, fascinating museums, e.g. Historical Museum of the Palatinate, lovely hotels and restaurants, marvellous old town centre, very friendly people, exciting markets and events 

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     NONE.... 

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     A good time can be had by all! 

Speyer Things to Do

  • Ludwigskirche

    This church close to the Cathedral is one of the many buildings erected after the 1689 destruction. The predecessor building dates back to the 13th century and was once the church of the Dominican convent. The church was refurbished several times but from the 1990s on, church attendance heavily declined. It is planned to deconsecrate this building...

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  • Archaeologisches Schaufenster

    The “Archaeological Showcase” is an institution sponsored by the regional government and has the aim to bring local archaeology closer to the population. Here, you can inform yourself about previous and current excavations. The permanent exhibition also gives you an insight into history from the stone age to the Romans in the region. If you are...

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  • Stadthaus (Old town hall)

    Facing the magnificent Cathedral, the Stadthaus is often overseen. The old town hall was built in the 1720s. Its rather young age for an old town hall comes from the fact that the city, including its predecessor building, was destroyed in 1656. Both facades have a number of statues and an usually rich flower decoration.The Stadthaus is still used...

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  • Heiliggeistkirche

    The Baroque Heiliggeistkirche (Holy Ghost Church) was built in 1703 and one of the first larger buildings to be completed after the destruction of the city in 1689. It survived the following centuries pretty well, but due to declining numbers in church attendance it was one of the church buildings made redundant. The last regular mass was...

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  • Dreifaltigkeitskirche

    After having visited the Cathedral, do not miss to have a look into this beautiful church. While the Cathedral impresses through its massive Romanesque arches and pillars, the protestant Dreifaltigkeitskirche has beautiful Baroque wood carvings. Indeed, the interior is almost exclusively made out of wood. A masterpiece of Baroque art!  ...

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  • Historisches Museum der Pfalz

    Good museum and unexpected in this size in a small city like Speyer. They have a permanent exhibition about Speyer Cathedral, including the cathedral treasury and a good documentation about the imperival tombs in the cathedral. Other permanent exhibitions include 18th/19th century Germany (Neuzeit), Romans in the Rhine region, the stone age and the...

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Speyer Restaurants

  • Pub in Speyer's old town

    Beer and Wine drinkers’ pub with cozy with old sofas and many other old stuff. The place is a café in the morning where you can get buns and cakes and becomes more and more a pub during the day. Guinness and a handful of German beers on tap as well as good choice of regional wines. Warm meals include Flammkuchen and other typical bar snacks. Nice...

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  • Bread unlimited - delicious spreads

    When I was in Speyer recently (November 2013) this restaurant caught my eye and I was hungry anyhow. The advertising – Brotgenuß und Kaffeekult – means something like bread indulgence and coffee cult. I didn’t want a full meal, so bread with a delicious spread was just to my liking, although I found the prices (approx. 8-9 Euro for the “bread”) a...

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  • Café Schlosser – cake and icecream –...

    Shopping and sightseeing definitely makes tired. So if you need to take a break, all the cafés and restaurants in Maximilianstrasse invite you to fill yourself up with energy.My all time favourite for excellent cake is Café Schlosser, just 200 m west of Cathedral Plaza. It is not only a café but a patisserie, and the cakes they serve are freshly...

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Speyer Nightlife

  • Illuminated Altpörtel – ah, what a sight

    Luckily, Speyer does not have much of nightlife (well, maybe yes, but not direcly in town). So it gets quiet in the evening, when people have dined and sit at home or with friends or in restaurants. Walking along Maximilianstraße is amazing in the evening, when all is quiet, and sometimes I even get the feeling as if people on horses are coming...

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  • for all fans of great IMAX-films

    There is a great IMAX-cinema inside the Technik-Museum in Speyer, BUT you need NOT visit the museum in order to see the IMAX-movies !!!It might make sense to combine the IMAX with a visit to the museum, as prices are reduced a bit then for the combination-tickets.ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo oooMovies that were...

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Speyer Transportation

  • By train to/from Speyer

    Speyer lies on the regional train line Mainz-Ludwigshafen-Karlsruhe. There are trains every two hours running the full distance (RegionalExpress). These only stop at larger cities. The suburban railway (S-Bahn) stops also at smaller places. These trains (S3 and S4) run every half an hour between Germersheim and Ludwigshafen and continue on the...

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  • Incredible low parking fees

    A lot of German towns, especially the touristic ones, do severe rip-off if it comes to parking fees. Not so Speyer.Already when I came here in 2006, I was stunned to see how much they charge for a whole day: 1 Euro!! The sign clearly says so, no mistake. And this parking lot is not even far from the city centre! The walking distance to the...

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  • TRAIN TO SPEYER

    A little over 30 Vt'ers went on a guided tour to Speyer. We met at the Karlsruhe main train station for 9:45 as we were to take the 10:08 direct TRAIN TO SPEYER. Ingrid bought "group of five" tickets for 26 Euros and then divided the amount per person. We returned on the 15:13 direct train. It was all so simple and economical. The trip there took...

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Speyer Shopping

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  • Open bookstore on a Sunday !

    Whoever looks at my writings from time to time might know that bookstores do have some magic attraction to me – I just cannot pass without entering (and usually leave with a big pile of books, but that’s off-topic here, lol).Being used to antique German opening hours (i.e. shops are closed on Sunday), I stood in front of this bookstore with open...

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  • Don't try shopping on a Sunday

    We were in Speyer on a Sunday but only did some window shopping. Germany has quite rigorous regulations regarding shopping hours, the only ones open on a Sunday are petrol stations, railway stations and airports and even these can close without prior warning. The exception to these regulations are pharmacies and bakeries - well we all need the...

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  • City centre fun

    Speyer is not a shopping town but it still has the wonderfully inspiring Maximilianstrasse and its side streets, where everything is concentrated, making shopping an easy affair on the feet. My own favourite is the Osiander book shop in Wormser Strasse which only has a small section of English books if you do not read German, but which has wondeful...

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Speyer Local Customs

  • Romans’ introduction of wine culture

    Wine was the Romans’ most preferred liquid, that’s why they started to cultivate it in Palatine region with its mild climate (ah, thanks dear Romans!). But – bad news for wine gourmets: Romans’ wine drinking habits have been quite… uuhm.. horrible in our terms. They preferred sweet wine (brrr) and made it by preparing sweet must. They had been...

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  • Terra sigillata – exclusive Roman...

    Parts of the “Barbarian Treasure(s)”, which have been found in the 80ies on several spots in the Rhine, are ancient Roman dishware. It is fascinating how these findings can add to understanding how life in these days must have been.As already mentioned before, the Romans brought their handicrafters with them when settling in what is now Southern...

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  • Daily Roman life in 3rd century

    When browsing through Speyer’s museum of Palatine, it is fascinating to learn about how elaborate Roman culture was in already 2000 years ago. (I should have known, as I learnt it at school and I was in Italy as a kid, but well, sometimes old brains keep forgetting things, lol).The museum shows how living and dining rooms and kitchen looked like in...

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Speyer Warnings and Dangers

  • Ticket vending machines

    Be aware that Speyer has only a small railway station which means two ticket counters and at holidays, these tend to be closed, leaving you to battle it out with the ticket vending machines, dreaded even amongst the Germans themselves. They DO work, but bear in mind that here you have a DB machine and a local transport machine and if all you want...

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  • Bollards

    Strolling across the Domplatz, be aware that cars can come at you at quite some speed. What you think is a cobbled square to walk across in fact includes a street and there is no elevated pavement or anything to show you this, just stone bollards to direct traffic into the narrow lane.

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  • Calculate your time !

    You will most probably need the whole day in the Technik-Museum in order to see everything and really enjoy it.When you enter the Technik Museum in Speyer, you have the choice to buy a combination ticket for the IMAX-cinema + the Museum.You may see the films in The IMAX at reduced prices, BUT you have to choose a fixed time, when you are going to...

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Speyer Tourist Traps

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    by Trekki Updated Feb 25, 2007

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    I must mention this (even if I write “no traps”), as I am always very much amazed about Speyer’s pricing and the people’s mentality.
    Usually, (German) towns, which are tourist magnets, do have a certain mentality to rip-off tourists. Be it with parking fees, additional fees for shuttle busses, dishes in restaurants or cafes, hotels, museums, shops – you name it.

    Not so Speyer !

    The city is fair to any visitor as it is to the locals: fair prices, no rip-offs and very often the prices are even lower than average. Take the parking fee for example: where else can you park your car for only 1 € for the whole day ????
    This all comes along with the local people everywhere: helpful, friendly, a smile in their face – no matter if in restaurants, shops, museums or on the street.

    It is almost as if the beauty and special atmosphere of Speyer reflects in its people, who are proud of their (home)town and show it, which makes the city even more marvellous.

    It is like a virtuous circle (as opposed to vicious circle). And this makes Speyer sticking very much positively out of all the other German towns.

    If I ever have the choice to pick out a German city to live in for the rest of my life – it would be either Speyer or Mannheim. (even if this is off-topic, lol).

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Speyer What to Pack

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    by Leipzig Updated Aug 2, 2007

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    Miscellaneous: Rainy season: There is no special rainy season

    Avg. Temp. in Spring: max.: 10 – 19°C ( 50 - 66°F ); min: 1 - 8°C ( 34 - 47°F )
    Avg. Temp. in Summer: max.: 22 – 23°C ( 72 - 73°F ); min: 12 - 13°C ( 52 - 55°F )
    Avg. Temp. in Autumn: max.: 7 – 19°C ( 45 - 66°F); min: 2 - 10°C ( 36 – 50°F )
    Avg. Temp. in Winter: max.: 3 – 5°C ( 38 - 41°F); min: 0 - 1°C ( 32 - 34°F )

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Speyer Off The Beaten Path

  • Beautiful old doors of Speyer

    Speyer does have a lot of fascinating architecture of all Romanesque, gothic, baroque and renaissance, all and everywhere.If you like the details, and especially beautiful old doors – take your time and wander around to find some of the hidden gems. There are a lot !Here some nice examples of old and beautiful doors:Photo 1: this is the side...

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  • Notice the stones.................

    .....inside the cathedral itself.After my visit I wrote this:>Those which form the pillars, at least, are all decorated. Chisel marks, maybe to make them look more decorative or maybe for 'keying' if they were plastered (don't know enough about German church architectural history).and I have now had it confirmed that the marks were indeed for...

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  • The unmentioned ones

    You won't be expecting these. Tucked away in the wilds of the Domgarten I stumbled upon them unexpectedly and didn't find out till I saw the sign what they were. In fact they are statues of Konrad II (1024-1039), Heinrick III (1039-1056), Heinrick IV (1056-1106), Heinrich V (1106-1125), the Salian kings. Also there you will find Gisela who took...

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  • Very much fascinating guided tours

    Speyer’s people are proud of their city and so are the tour guides. Together with tourist office, a lot of very exciting and interesting tours are offered. Besides the regular tours (like Speyer in general, the Cathedral or the Historical Museum) more than 20 different special tours are offered for groups, and of course in several languages (yes,...

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  • Speyer Cathedral

    In 1024 a Salian from the Speyer district became King of Germany making Speyer the center of imperial politics as well as the spiritual center of the Salian Kingdom. The Salian dynasty was a dynasty in the high middle ages, also known as the Frankish dynasty because their family's origins were in Franconia. All of the Salian Kings were also crowned...

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  • Make sure you don't miss the festivals !

    Maybe I gave you reasons enough to visit this fascinating town, but there are even more to come ! If you like typical festivals, and if you are flexible in your time, you should try and come during one of these wonderful festivals, Speyer is helding throughout the year.(I have not seen any, as I only re-discovered the town in September 2006, but...

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St. Joseph (Josephskirche)
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Altpoertel
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Gedaechtniskirche
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Judenhof - Jewish Courtyard
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Mounments outside of the Cathedral
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Speyer Cathedral - Dom zu Speyer
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Magnificent interior of the Imperial Cathedral
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Stadthaus – Speyer’s town house
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Kaiserdom – The Great Paradise
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Imperial Cathedral – The Western Portal
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The most magnificent Kaiserdom: Imperial Cathedral
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Domhof and the famous beer garden
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Inside Speyer Cathedral
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Speyer Cathedral
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Pilgrim's Statue
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Across from the Cathedral
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Kaiserdom - climb the Towers
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Stadthaus
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Features of the Cathedral Precinct
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Prot. Kirche interior
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Prot. Dreifaltigkeits - Kirchengemeinde
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Beer, Speyer and a Dom
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Merry Maximilian Street
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Stricly for the birds
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Kaiserdom – Plaza and Domnapf
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Dreifaltigkeitskirche: fine wooden interior
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History Museum of the Palatine - a MUST !
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Restaurant with a view :-)
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The Historical Museum of the Palatinate
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Pfalz History Museum
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Gold and silver – marvellous Roman art
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Bronze age and Celts in the Palatine
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Palatine wine culture and how it developed
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Wine barrels have once been true art
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Christmas Market
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